Building Connections, Overcoming Barriers

The insight2050 Corridor Concepts brings new tools and modeling capacity to decision about where and how to grow, where to invest transit resources and how to balance community goals.  Walkability is instrumental in the land use, transit and community goals as higher density development and better transit options encourage walking.  In short, walking is embedded in the DNA of the Corridor Concepts and central Ohio’s future.  Learn how the Corridor Concepts have inspired a region to take immediate action in making their community more transit friendly and walkable.

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Moderator: Jennifer Noll,  Principal Planner, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC

About the Panel

  • Justin Goodwin, AICP is the Transportation Planning Manager for the City of Columbus Department of Public Service. His responsibilities include a wide variety of multi-modal planning and street design initiatives, including long range thoroughfare planning, active transportation systems, and coordination with agency partners such as COTA and MORPC. Justin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Geography from Ohio University, and a Master of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University, where he also periodically teaches. Justin is an advocate for multi-modal commuting, and mixes cycling, transit, driving and shared mobility in his daily and weekly travel.
  • Claudia Husak’s responsibilities as a Planner with the City of Dublin have included work on many aspects of the transformative Bridge Street District, which includes the intent of creating a walkable environment with interconnected streets that can accommodate multiple modes of transportation. As a first for this central Ohio suburb, requirements for Dublin’s new downtown include complete street elements to promote an integrated, balanced, and safe transportation network for all users. Throughout the implementation of development within the Bridge Street District, Claudia and her team have worked with developers and policy makers to ensure that this new and innovative type of development in the City of Dublin includes Complete Streets principles with new roadways that accommodate users of all ages and abilities, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, motorists, persons with disabilities, and adjacent land users.
  • Shannon Sorrell serves as Director of Parks and Recreation with the City of Whitehall.  With a background in public parks and recreation, nonprofit operations, accounting and business administration, Shannon is passionate about her role in redeveloping Whitehall’s park amenities and services alongside a great team of staff, administration and city leadership.
    Shannon enjoys all things outdoors – hiking, camping, fishing, sports and exploring with her kids – and making new programs and experiences a possibility for the families of Whitehall.  With the mantra of “go and do good” and the belief “done is more important than perfect”, the team in Whitehall is making a huge impact across the City.
  • Zach Sunderland, AICP is a Senior Service Planner at the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA).  He has a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning and a Masters in Community Planning both from the University of Cincinnati.  He is currently a member of American Public Transportation Association (APTA)’s Emerging Leaders Class of 2020.